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October 11, 2017

Director of Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing Dr. Nam Tran hosted the first annual Sacramento Valley Point of Care Testing annual meeting at UC Davis Medical Center on October 12, 2017.

Associate Professor Dr. James Chan presented "Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) based detection of small molecule interactions with amyloid beta" at the SCIX Conference in Reno, NV, 10/8-13.

Two posters from our GI pathology team were featured at the College of American Pathologists’ Annual Meeting  in Washington DC, October 8-11, 2017. Assistant professor Dr. Karen Matsukuma presented “ Triaging Patients with Advanced Gastroesophageal/Gastric Adenocarcinoma for Trastuzumab Therapy:  Is Her2 Immunostaining Enough?”  Assistant professor Dr. Dorina Gui was the senior author on poster “Autologous Graft vs Host Disease Involving the Gastrointestinal Tract Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.”  Co-authors included resident Dr. Dongguang Wu, associate professor Dr. Kristin Olson, and molecular lab supervisor Sandy Hatcher.

Resident Dr. Andy Jones and Assistant Professor Dr. Sarah Barnhard presented a poster “Auto Anti-E in a Case of a Two-Month Old Male: A Case of IPEX” at the American Association of Blood Banks’ annual meeting in San Diego, October 7-10, 2017.

Resident Dr. George Gao is the recipient of a Trainee Travel Award from the California Society of Pathologists (CSP) to attend their annual meeting in San Francisco, 11/28-12/2.   At the meeting, he will get to meet with the CSP President, attend the Business Meeting/Legislative Update and Trainee Mixer, and more.

September 19, 2017

Professor Dr. Hwai-Jong Cheng received a new R01 award for $312,000 for his project “Neuronal Integration of Newborn Granule Cells in Aged Brains.”  Dr. Cheng is a member of UCD’s Center for Neuroscience, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior in the College of Biological Sciences.

Professor Dr. Lee-Way Jin will lead the neuropathology studies in a newly funded $13 million multi-center project “Epidemiology of Age-related Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Brain Pathology in a Multiethnic Cohort of Oldest-Old”.  Funded by a R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging, investigators from the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and UC Irvine will work with project leader Dr. Rachel Whitmer at Kaiser Foundation Research Institute.  The goal is to redefine knowledge of dementia and brain pathology in the oldest-old, provide new insights into early life risk and protective factors, uncover etiological underpinnings, and provide a framework for future studies of prevention of late-onset dementia and cognitive impairment in a multiethnic cohort.

September 14, 2017
Chair Dr. Lydia Howell visited the University of Minnesota on September 12-14, 2017.  She was a Visiting Scholar for the Women in Leadership Program and spoke on “Creating an Academic Culture for Success: Finding from a Four-Year NIH-Funded Career Flexibility Study.”  She also gave a grand rounds so the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine on “Growing Our Own in Academic Pathology: Faculty Development, Leadership and Diversity.”

Associate professor Dr. Christopher Polage was honored as a Choosing Wisely Champion and participated in the panel discussion “Choosing Wisely Champions Bring Collaboration Center Stage: Influencing Practices and Demonstrating Outcomes” on September 8, 2017 at the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting in Chicago.

On September 7, 2017, resident Dr. Ananya Datta Mitra presented a poster “B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia with Aberrant T-cell (CD-5) Expression:  A Rare Entity” at the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting in Chicago.

Residency program director Dr. Hooman Rashidi gave a presentation “Integrating Technology Tools into Medical Education” at UCLA on August 28, 2017.  He will be giving a repeat performance at the University of Florida, Jacksonville on September 18, 2017.

August 7, 2017
Associate Professor, Dr. Izumi Maezawa, received a new $1.6M R01 award from the National Institutes of Health for her project “Mitochondrial ROS and Microglia in Rett Syndrome”.  She and her team will pursue a mitochondria-targeting anti-oxidation strategy to treat Rett Syndrome, a childhood autism spectrum disorder currently with no cure.

Post-doctoral fellow, Fabian Lara, PhD, received the award for best abstract in Critical Care Point of Care Testing at the 69th meeting of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry in San Diego, July 30-August 3.  Dr. Lara is a mentee of clinical chemistry director Dr. Nam Tran.

August 1, 2017

Professor Dr. Alexander Borowsky is the UC Davis site PI on the UC-wide study, Women Informed to Screen Depending on Measures of Risk (WISDOM) which is funded by $14.1 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute that seeks to determine whether mammograms or a more personalized approach driven by the data attached to each woman’s genetic makeup, family history and risk factors are more effective to screen for breast cancer. https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/12179

On July 25, residency program director Dr. Hooman Rashidi and pathology course director Dr. Kristin Olson shared posters on the integration of technological tools in housestaff education, and on weekly clinicopathological conferences as a means of teaching clinical fellows at the Association of Pathology Chairs' 50th annual meeting in Washington DC.

Pathology course director Dr. Kristin Olson led a session on “Melding of Basic Biomedical Science and Clinical Medicine in the Fourth Year of Medical School” on June 26 at the Association of Pathology Chairs' 50th annual meeting in Washington DC.

Chair Dr. Lydia Howell co-directed the Pathology Leadership Academy and Chair’s Bootcamp at the Association of Pathology Chairs 50th annual meeting in Washington DC.

The department welcomed five new faculty members for the new academic year:  Dr. John Paul Graff (Informatics, Hemepath), Dr. Kristin Grimsrud (Mouse Biology Program), Dr. Nam Ku (Hemepath), Dr. Grace Monis (transfusion, apheresis, coagulation), Dr. David Unold (transfusion, apheresis, coagulation).

June 20, 2017
Associate Professor Dr. Eric Huang is one of three finalists chosen to compete in the Young Investigator “Shark Tank” at the American Society of Cytopathology’s annual meeting in November. His project includes a unique collaboration with associate professor James Chan, the PI for our NSF-funded Center for Biophotonics Sensors and Systems.

Former faculty member, Dr. Josh Miller, now the Chair of the Dept. of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University, is returning to UCD Health on June 29 to give a free public lecture on the role of vitamins in preventing Alzheimer’s disease at 6 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute as part of the 2017 Community Engagement Learning Series.

Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Diaz- Khansefid is President of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Research Administrators and hosted the chapter’s very first annual meeting on the UC Davis campus on 6/15-16. The meeting included 140+ participants and 17 speakers from across the University of California.

June 12, 2017

Faculty member, Dr. Mirna Lechpammer, accepted the prestigious Moore Award on behalf of the research team for the best clinicopathologic paper for the application of the innovative MUSE microscope to neuropathology at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuropathology’s annual meeting, June 8-11, 2017.

Chief Resident, Dr. Nick Coley, received the Richard Davis Travel Award to attend the American Association of Neuropathology’s annual meeting, June 8-11, 2017 where he gave a platform presentation on his work using MUSE in neuropathology.

Vice Chair of Research, Dr. Yvonne Wan, and her team demonstrated that gender differences in mice microbiota can modulate the risk of developing metabolic disease and liver cancer. Their work was recently published in the journal, Science Reports.

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